The Clarke High School Speech and Debate Teams have just been notified that they are the recipients of the 2016-17 Leading Chapter Award for the East Iowa District. They will receive a commemorative plaque from the district chair at the 2017-18 district tournament.
This coveted honor, based on student participation throughout the school year, is the highest recognition a school can receive from the National Debate & Speech Association. Only the top school in accumulated members and degrees per district earns this designation each year, and each school must wait at least five years before being eligible again. Out of more than 3,000 member schools nationwide, Clarke is one of only 108 to receive the Leading Chapter Award.
This award reflects 397 members and degrees over 19 years. In that time, several hundred students have been taught communication, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration skills through speech and debate. The Leading Chapter Award serves as an indication of the Clarke and Mr. Don May's relentless dedication to these students and to speech and debate education. Congratulations to Mr. May and the Speech Team for this remarkable achievement!
Summer isn’t the only time when students can slide. Learning loss is associated with winter break, too. The phenomenon is especially detrimental to high school students, who might be prepping for college entrance exams and whose grades will show up on transcripts. Here are ways your students can keep their brains engaged over the winter break:
· Even if no reading is required over break, encourage students to put their nose into a book or e-reader. These books might be related to their academic or career interests, or they might be strictly for fun. Reading of any kind increases cognitive function. Explore a from Goodreads.
· This doesn’t mean first-person shooter video games. We’re talking about complex board games like Risk, Othello, Master Mind or Scrabble. Not only do they stimulate the brain, they can also promote positive interaction between teenagers and their families.
· Students can take walks to enjoy holiday lights, engage in snowball fights or hit the gym. Any of these activities are good for brain function, memory and attention span.
· Winter break provides a great opportunity to explore art, science or history museums, whether close to home or in cities where families are gathering.
· Students don’t have to—and shouldn’t—spend their entire break focused on studies. But a quick review of notes on the last day or two of break can ease the back-to-school transition, especially if the semester didn’t end before break.
Middle school parents are asked to answer the following survey for the Leader in Me. Thank you!
Written by: Alexis Arnold and Ashley Franklin
The Clarke FCCLA chapter is a goal oriented group that strives to give back to their community in a multitude of different ways. Thus far this year our chapter has done several different endeavours to give back to our community people. On Friday, September 15 the chapter took a trip to the animal shelter to socialize the with animals and it also helps animals get adopted. A cat named, Morris, and a dog named, Diva, they were both adopted by a FCCLA members.
We also do activities like rallies and assemblies. On October 2nd we attend Fall Leadership Rally (FLR) in Des Moines. At FLR, members were introduced to all of the ways you can get involved with FCCLA. Thirteen people went and they did a summary video at the end of it.
On Saturday October, 21st the Harvest Barn had a family day at which we set up tables and activities for the children to partake in. We did face painting, decorated cookies, made bees on a plate with paint and string to raise awareness for their endangerment, made bird feeders, and decorated gourds. We had 29 people in attendance and some even dressed up for the occasion in cute Halloween costumes. The group had a blast and though it was rather windy the day was an overall success!
FCCLA members can plan activities just for the chapter to do, or they can plan activities for their projects that involve the whole school. Madyson Hill did a fundraiser for her STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Event and she held a dodgeball tournament that raised $625. She is using the money from the fundraiser to make tie blankets for part residence in the nursing home. Other members doing projects to compete in STAR Events include Brittany Beckett and Sierra Bray. They collected items for domestic violence victims and invited a speaker to educate the entire student body about signs abusive relationships. There are many different ways to participate in FCCLA and make a difference in our community.
Diana Sagastizado and Cady Crawford have spent the last month going over to The Village and teaching children about making healthy snack choices. Emily Van Dyke is competing in Fashion Construction, and she is designing and construction an original clothing item. Kennedy Bland and Shayla Sitzmann are competing in the Advocacy event. They are working to bring a speaker to our high school to educate people on the danger of drunk driving. Tori Olsen is learning about entrepreneurship as she develops the plans to start her own mock business. Tannor Olsen is creating a website for the Clarke chapter through the national chapter website competition.
Here are our Peer Education participates: Cecilia Hadley (Families First), Marissa Utley and Emma South (Families First), and you two (Public Relations)
Three high school students, freshmen Grace Wilborn, Kennedy Bland and Hailee Fry, along with High School Guidance Counselor Jennifer Scott, gave up part of their day Saturday, Dec. 2, to drive around town and go door-to-door collecting for the school and community food pantries. They collected exactly 100 items that will help local families in need this holiday season.
Clarke Elementary students have the opportunity to share with others in our community this holiday season. Students may bring a food or personal care item to donate to our local food pantry here in Osceola. Canned fruits or vegetables, jars of peanut butter, boxed foods or personal care items like bars of soap or toothpaste are just a few examples that would all help towards meeting the needs of others. Donations will begin December 4th and continue through December 15th. Let’s try to surpass our goal of 1,213 items that we collected last year!
Together, our generosity can make a difference!
Clarke Elementary Staff
Los estudiantes de la Escuela Primaria Clarke tienen la oportunidad de compartir con otros en nuestra comunidad durante la estación festiva. Los estudiantes pueden traer una comida o una cosa para el cuidado personal para donar a nuestra despensa de alimentos local aquí en Osceola (Food pantry). Fruta enlatada o vegetales, botes de mantequilla de cacahuate, comida en cajas o cosas para el cuidado personal como jabón o pasta dental son algunos ejemplos de lo que todos podrían traer para ayudar en las necesidades de otros. Las donaciones empezarán el 5 de diciembre hasta el 16 de diciembre.
Juntos, con nuestra generosidad podemos hacer la diferencia!
Personal de la Escuela Primaria Clarke
Matthew Hennes is widely known throughout Clarke High School as a teacher who provides hands-on learning experiences for his students. Whether they are blowing up something (outside and with safety glasses, of course), using hula hoops or building Rube Goldberg machines, Hennes' students enjoy this active learning style. See Mr. Hennes and his students as they create Oobleck out of corn starch and water.
School Board policies 505.3 Student Honors and Awards and 505.5 Graduation Requirements were changed and approved on Monday, September 25th.
The new policies will take effect starting with the class of 2021 (this year’s freshmen). Please see the summary below. Mrs. Scott will work to inform the Class of 2021 starting October 12.
There are no changes to the students honors and awards or diploma programs for the Classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020.
1) Eliminate class rank
2) Eliminate valedictorian, salutatorian and Top Ten awards at graduation
3) Eliminate the honors diploma
1) **Award students with a cumulative GPA of 4.0 or greater as “Top of the Class” at graduation.
2) Award students with a cumulative GPA of 3.75-3.99 as graduating “With High Distinction” at graduation.
3) Award students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5-3.74 as graduating “With Distinction” at graduation.
*Students who graduate having attended more than eight semesters of high school will not be eligible for these honors and awards unless at the principal’s discretion.
**When class rank is required for scholarship purposes any and all students achieving 4.0 or greater will be ranked number one.
When bullying occurs, parents should contact the school immediately and join with the district in gathering information and conducting an inquiry and/or investigation to assure any bullying is stopped. Here are some resources that parents may find helpful in this effort.
Much more can be found at these links on Department of Education website. https://www.educateiowa.gov/pk-12/learner-supports/anti-bullyinganti-harassment
This is available to ANY Clarke student and their family who are in need of food or clothing assistance. We also have toiletries, as well as Clarke apparel available. You or your family could be going through a tough time and we would like to help. If you are unable to come during Food Pantry hours but could use some assistance, please contact Mr. Brad Lampe or Mrs. Becky Jones-Webb at 342-6505 or email them at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to all of the individuals and businesses who have donated to the pantry, including Percussions Restaurant and Timber Ridge Market, just to name a few. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Mr. Lampe or Mrs. Jones-Webb, or bring donations on Mondays between 4 and 5 p.m.